There’s a pair of previously unreleased – and really good – tracks from Dadamah out on Grouper’s Yellow Electric label that I can’t get enough of right now. Looks like this 7” has been out for a while, but only just came to my attention with the recent release of that Roy Montgomery comp, also on Yellow Electric. Initially, I sort of dismissed it, thinking that Dadamah’s music had already been pretty comprehensively compiled, and falling back on that old complacent rule that “previously unreleased” so often means “didn’t make the cut.”
Thankfully, haunting B-side “Absent and Erotic Lives” opened the latest Dynamite Hemorrhage podcast, and caught me off-guard. Metronomic rhythm and preoccupied guitar strums are definitely okay by me, but this track stands out by virtue of a building, anxious tension that haunts (with some help from those keyboards) even as it hypnotizes. With more of the same on the A-side, this turns out to be pretty ideal material for Yellow Electric.
THE PIN GROUP, live in 1981 in Christchurch, New Zealand. It’s a short 12-minute film of the band with a 2-minute poetry intro. Floored this stuff exists, and is a few clicks away down the internet wormhole.
DADAMAH were an experimental, neo-psych New Zealand band from the early 90s who had a brief but excellent catalog of recordings that straddled “traditional” Kiwi Velvets-style sounds with a more radical and outward-expanding approach. Roy Montgomery, who both before and after this band recorded many fine works of musical art, was a member. He’s the tall fella, third from the left here.
Somewhere in my tape drawer I found a recording of the band playing live in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1991. Full set, never before released to the world. I thought you might want to hear it, so I digitized it for you this weekend.